About Michael Symon
Chef Michael Symon cooks with soul. Growing up in a Greek and
Sicilian family, the Cleveland, Ohio, native creates boldly
flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his four restaurants in
America’s heartland: Lola,
Lolita, Roast and
Known for his exuberant, approachable cooking style, Symon shares
his passion for food as a cast member of ABC’s talk show,
He took the national television audience by storm in 2007, when he
competed on The Food Network’s
The Next Iron Chef and won, securing his place as an Iron
Chef on the hit series
Iron Chef America.
In 2010, Symon appeared on four Food Network/Cooking Channel
Food Feuds and
Cook Like an Iron Chef, competing on Iron Chef
America, and judging season three of The Next Iron Chef.
His most recent show,
Symon’s Suppers, premiered on the Cooking Channel
in January 2012.
Symon has earned many top culinary honors, including The
James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes (2009)
and Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef Award (1998).
His Midwestern restaurants continue to earn critical acclaim,
and Lola — named one of "America’s Best Restaurants" by
Gourmet Magazine in 2000 — is now the cornerstone of
Cleveland’s dining scene.
In 2009, Symon published his first cookbook, Michael
Symon’s Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your
Kitchen, sharing home cook-friendly recipes that draw on
the flavors of his heritage. His second cookbook, Carnivore:
120 Recipes for Meat Lovers, published in 2012, reflects
his fervor for cooking with meats, especially pork.
As much a philanthropist as a chef, Symon lends his
award-winning talent to charitable projects close to his heart.
He hosted the annual Farm Aid benefit concert in 2010, becoming
the first chef ever to do so. Autism Speaks, Share Our Strength
and Cleveland’s Urban Community Schools have also enjoyed
While Symon shines on television, he is a genuine hometown
guy who remains tied to his roots in the Midwest. His
restaurant, Lola, opened in 1997 and, Lolita, a
Mediterranean-style bistro in the historic Tremont neighborhood
of Cleveland, opened in 2005. In 2008, Symon's restaurant,
Roast, brought his meat-centric cooking to Detroit’s Westin Book
Cadillac. And, his six locations of B Spot showcase his passion
for burgers, bratwurst and beer.
When he’s not working, Michael is riding his motorcycle through
Cleveland, cooking at home, playing golf, thinking about his next
tattoo, gardening in the backyard and spending time with his wife,
Liz, and their bullmastiff, Ruby, and Old English bulldog, Ozzy.